'''Henry Wilson''' (born '''Jeremiah Jones Colbath'''; February 16, 1812 – November 22, 1875) was the 18th Vice President of the United States
(1873–75) and a United States Senate|Senator
(1855–73). Before and during the American Civil War
, he was a leading Republican Party (United States)|Republican
, and a strong opponent of Slavery in the United States|slavery
. He devoted his energies to the destruction of the "Slave Power
" – the faction of slave owners and their political allies which anti-slavery Americans saw as dominating the country.
Originally a Whig Party (United States)|Whig
, Wilson was a founder of the Free Soil Party
in 1848. He served as the party chairman before and during the 1852 presidential election. He worked diligently to build an anti-slavery coalition, which came to include the Free Soil Party, anti-slavery Democratic Party (United States)|Democrats
, New York...